First off, I don't want to offend anyone at all. I am just sharing my experiences.
See my signature for the specifics, but I had cervical surgery last summer with hardware. In Dec/Jan I started getting pain in my neck/shoulders/and back of my head. I tried OTCs for a while, but they didn't work very well and I know they aren't good for the liver and kidneys.
I still have some percocets left from my surgery and I use those on "special occasions" where I know I'm going to be more active.
During the holidays, I had a few drinks on occasion and would feel relaxation and relief in my neck area like nothing else I tried. This scared me because I have alcoholics in my family and I hate it. I have always been able to have one or two drinks and leave it at that. Even now, I only have one drink on occasion...
But my point is that when you've tried just about EVERYTHING and nothing seems to work, then you find something that does make you feel better, you want to keep on doing whatever it is, just to get a little relief.
I am a little humbled by this realization and can understand how people can become addicted to pain killers and/or alcohol when their pain is so great that nothing else will give them relief.